Miguel Gonzalez to rejoin Orioles’ rotation on Thursday

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Orioles right-hander Miguel Gonzalez made it through a five-inning minor league rehab start on Saturday at Double-A Bowie and has been cleared to rejoin the major league rotation on Thursday in Boston, per Eduardo Encina of the Baltimore Sun.

Gonzalez has been on the disabled list since June 11 because of a groin strain. The 31-year-old had a solid 3.33 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 59/24 K/BB ratio over his first 73 innings this season for the O’s.

Baltimore is currently in fourth place in the American League East standings but only 2 1/2 games back of the first-place Tampa Bay Rays. It’s probably going to remain a tight race all summer given the absence of a single dominant team.

Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season

Kopech has opted out
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Michael Kopech has opted out of the 2020 season. The White Sox starter informed the team of his decision today, and the team issued a press release to that affect a few minutes ago.

The statement from general manager Rick Hahn. said “we recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive. We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”

Kopech, 24, has only four big league starts under his belt, all coming in late August and early September of 2018, but after a strong spring training he was likely to make Chicago’s rotation at some point in the 2020 season after sitting out all of 2019 following Tommy John surgery. Kopech was among the players sent to Chicago from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016. Others involved in the deal included Yoán Moncada, Victor Diaz, and Luis Alexander Basabe.

Now, however, Kopech has opted out.